Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 vs. Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 review

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 delivers a smooth, stable, and comfortable ride to overpronators. Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 provides lots of stability and cushioning in a lightweight package.

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The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 are both stability running shoes, but the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 is considered to be at the top end of the stability class, bordering motion control.

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The uppers of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 are very similar in that they consist of a minimal amount of traditional stitched-on overlays.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 has overlays where they are needed most, so mainly around the midfoot.

On the lateral side it has no-sew overlays that join the midsole to the saddle and on the medial side of the shoe it has a combination of stitched-on and no-sew overlays.

So all in all, the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 provides a secure fit around the midfoot and especially on the medial side of the shoe where overpronators tend to need the most support.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 has something similar going on, but uses exclusively no-sew overlays around the midfoot with a stitched-on overlay that wraps the heel and pulls it towards the midfoot.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 also uses more and wider overlays on the medial side of the shoe where support is needed most.

One may conclude that both running shoes would feel comfortable on your feet and minimize the chance of irritation. Both also provide enough structure and support in the upper and especially around the midfoot and medial side of the shoes.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 uses midsole foam (U4ic) that has cushioning, shock absorption, and bounce back properties just like the BioMoGo DNA midsole of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15. Both provide heel-to-toe cushioning.

The cushioning in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 tends to be somewhat firm, and running shoe lab tests have shown that the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 is somewhat softer than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 in both the heel and the forefoot for men.

For women, it turns out that the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 is more cushy in the heel, but that the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 is softer in the forefoot.

Note that if you are a heel-striker (male or female), the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 would be the better option. And if you want a cushy forefoot, the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 can give you that.

The midsole of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 differs from that of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 in that it does not have a Wave Plate.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 has a Wave Plate in the heel that runs till the midfoot to not only provide cushioning and shock absorption at heel-strike, but also pronation control as your foot rolls inward and is stopped by the two waves on the medial side of the shoe.

For pronation control, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 has a fairly long piece of foam that is firmer than the rest of foam around it and that will stop your foot from rolling in too far inward.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 actually uses three densities of midsole foam to gradually slow down and limit the degree of pronation.

For shock absorption and cushioning at heel-strike, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 implements a well-segmented caterpillar crash pad that runs from the back of the heel around the lateral side of the shoe till in the forefoot, which should deliver a very smooth transition from heel-strike to toe-off.

And to top things off, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 provides more ground contact than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11, making the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 a more stable and supportive running shoe compared to the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11.

The outsole of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 is pretty traditional in that it has a separate forefoot and rearfoot with the Wave Plate joining the two together at the midfoot.

The rubber compartments under the heel of both running shoes are separated for optimal shock dissipation, and there are flex grooves in the forefoot to help the shoes feel flexible under your foot. And they both have a lot of minor cuts in the rubber compartments.

Running shoe lab tests have revealed that the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 is more flexible than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 for men, but that the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 for women is way more flexible than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 for women.

So if you are a woman looking for a very flexible running shoe that provides lots of forefoot cushioning, but not as much heel cushioning, then the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 would be the one to go with.

And if you are a somewhat heavier runner who needs and appreciates stiffness and firm cushioning in a running shoe – whether you are a man or a women – then the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 would be the one to go with.

The women's version of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 weighs approximately 9.3 oz (264 grams), while the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 for women weighs approximately 7.5 oz (213 grams). The men's version of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 weighs about 11.3 oz (320 grams), and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 for men weighs 9.5 oz (269 grams).

If you are a runner who requires a lot of stability and support or motion controlling features from a running shoe that is not a motion control running shoe, then the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 could deliver what you are after.

And if you are looking for a lightweight stability running shoe that delivers a good amount of stability and support along with a good amount of cushioning, then the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 might be it.

Note: The weight of a running shoe depends on the size of the running shoe, so any weights mentioned in this review may differ from the weight of the running shoe you choose to wear. Running shoes of the same size were compared for this review.

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